Vivien and Lizzie are available to give talks on various aspects of otter ecology.
We are also able to run informative walks and there is always a chance we may see otters or their field signs.
Please get in touch via the Contact page of the website if you are interested.
We do ask for a donation for hosting events.
In February and March 2020 Vivien is hosting the following (please note several events are limited to local group members. Places at all events must be booked in advance):
Thursday 13th February – Return of the Otter: tracking otter recovery in North East England
Talk for Allendale Walking Group – Hexham Abbey 13:00 (Walking Group Members only)
Saturday 7th March – Spring Otter Survey training session
Training session for registered Otter Survey volunteers – WWT Washington 10:00 – FULL
Tuesday 10th March – Return of the Otter: tracking otter recovery in North East England
Talk for Allen Valleys Wildlife Group – Sinderhope 19:00 (Members only)
Saturday 14th March – Spring Otter Survey training session
Training session for registered Otter Survey volunteers – DWT Low Barns 10:00 - FULL
Saturday 21st March – Spring Otter Survey training session
Training session for registered Otter Survey volunteers – DWT Rainton Meadows 10:00
Wednesday 25th March – Otter Ecology and Field Signs CANCELLED
Talk for Coast Care Northumberland – Seahouses 14:00
Wednesday 25th March – Return of the Otter: tracking otter recovery in North East England CANCELLED
Talk for Alnwick Wildlife Group – Alnwick 19:30 (Alnwick Wildlife Group Members only)
Sunday 29th March - Spring Otter Survey training session CANCELLED
Training session for registered Otter Survey volunteers - Ouseburn Community Centre 10:30
A selection of news is available here but a great way to keep up to date with sightings and media coverage regarding UK otters is to join us on Facebook by clicking here
Funding for 2020 Spring Otter Survey
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded some funding from the ERIC North East Small Grants fund to help with the costs of the Spring Otter Survey again this year. A huge thank you to ERIC North East.
Funding for 2016
We were extremely grateful for a large donation of £200 from R J McLeod as part of their community development fund during the development of Ray Windfarm, Northumberland
June 2015 - European Otter Workshop Stockholm, Sweden
The European Otter Workshop took place at the beautiful Museum of Natural History in Stockholm at the beginning of June. It was attended by a lot of people involved in otter research and conservation from all over the world and the presentations outlining the different challenges faced by both otters and conservationists were very interesting.
Vivien attended and gave a presentation on the DWT Otter Survey and how citizen science
volunteers are making an enormous difference to the amount of knowledge we have about otters in the North East.
The paper on which the presentation was based is now available here on the IUCN Otter Specialist Group website
The Annual Spring Survey has become the heart of the Otter Network activities. Run entirely by the dedicated efforts of Vivien. It is such a significant event that it now has its own dedicated page on the website.
We map and monitor all of your incoming records to produce Maps (see below). We choose a data resolution which gives a rough indication of location to protect the sensitive nature of the records we receive:
We work alongside the Environment Agency to collect and co-ordinate the transport of otters killed on our roads to the Cardiff Otter Project. This decades old research programme takes all measurements possible from the retrieved carcasses to aid our understanding of everything from the health of the animals organs, to reproductive status, to heavy metal contaminants the animal may have been exposed to. For more information on the Cardiff Otter Project please click here
All records of dead otters sent to us since 2012
All live records sent to us since 2014
When we can we look to work with MSc students from research institutes to explore in depth the data held relating to local otter records